2 days left and we will be SEEING the ocean! Smelling it. Hearing it. To build up the suspense and excitement of our upcoming trip to Key West and the Bahamas, we have been doing a Ocean Themed Unit for the past 2 weeks. It has been tons of fun, and with summer right around the corner, I figured someone might find this interesting!
Our Book List:
Hello Ocean, by Pam Munoz Ryan
The Sign of the Seahorse: A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts, by Grame Base
The Little Island, by Margaret Wise Brown
The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor, by Joanna Cole
This was our very first time doing a lapbook. Honestly, although I had heard people mention them before, I didn’t really know what the hell a lapbook was until someone posted an Ocean themed one from Homeschoolshare on Pintrest. Homeschoolshare is actually a pretty cool website, with tons of freebies, and you know I LOVE freebies! Haden really loved the project. That boy seriously has a thing for notebooks, so making the lapbook was slightly thrilling for him. We also made the suggested “wave in a bottle,” using mineral oil and blue water.
It was a pain to have to do all the cutting for the lapbook, making my preparation for school more time consuming, but I think that Haden’s overall enjoyment of the process made it worth it, and I wouldn’t mind doing them every once in a while.
I won’t likely be creating my own lapbooks from scratch any time soon, but for those that might be interested Homeschoolshare has 100 lapbook templates you can type on that are downloadable for FREE, in case the mood strikes you, and you want to get creative. 😉
We did THIS Ocean Animals Movement Activity, which my kids actually enjoyed way more than I thought they would. They were so funny and cute, while being ocean animals.
We declared a Project Day! and used our time to create an ocean aquarium using a 2-liter bottle, which was a project we just stumbled upon while reading about fish in our Natural World book from the Explore and Learn Series. It totally seemed like a Curious George style project, and I have a sneaking suspicion that is why it appealed to Haden so much.
Have Fun Learning has some free Ocean Activities for download. We only used the word problems for ours, but I thought the writing pack looked pretty cool.
Throw in some ocean documentaries on Netflix, and call it a fun 2 weeks. 🙂
Just for the record, this is the power of Pintrest and other bloggers at work here. I feel that I must be clear that I rarely have any overtly creative ideas all on my own. I love the internet for being such an amazing resource for learning.
Hey! Did I mention we leave in 2 days??!!